Pete Frates, the man who helped to inspire the ALS “ice bucket challenge” has died at the age of 34, the Associated Press reports.
Frates, a former college baseball player, was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2012 while he was playing for the Lexington Blue Sox.
As the disease progressed, Frates became paralyzed and had to use a wheelchair, eventually losing the ability to talk and had to be fed through a tube.
The challenge began in 2014 when pro golfer Chris Kennedy challenged his wife’s cousin Jeanette Senerchia, whose husband has ALS.
The challenge was slow to spread at first, but went viral on social media when Frates and his family participated.